Hi Tom, The composition of this photo is amazing to me. The industrial look of the railroad crossing gates and the little shack that was manned, during those days. The Roebling factory buildings, the billboards, and the cobblestone street surface, with the old trolley tracks filled in. There was a double turn to the left where Broad Street straightened out to continue North. Even the church steeple adds so much to this picture. The date is 1947, as the ESSO billboard proclaims. Two years later, in 1949, Sam Himmelstein, would move his Chrysler Plymouth dealership from 114 South Warren St, and build the most modern automobile facility, within the Trenton city limits, at this location, just to the left of the parameters of this photo. Tom, you are right; the white circular front facade stood out, and the well lit showroom showed the new models at their best. A sight to behold as you traveled south on Broad approaching the curve. They had large full pane windows along third street, and more cars were displayed in this area. I made many visits to pick up the latest sales brochures, which I still have, to this day. There was also a small gas station just to the left of the photo, just before the RR crossing.Great photo. rayfromvillapark
This was the hang out of the "Mott street" gang. A bunch of 7-9 kids running along the tracks,jumping on cars and getting chased away by the "railroad dicks". Johnny chiachio, joe Scardone,Mike Riccetelli,James Chianese and myself. Bunch of the "Burg" kids. A bunch of "Angels with dirty faces"
GREAT COMMENTS, RAY AND LEE. MORE HISTORY FROM "BACK IN THE DAY" FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS TO READ AND ABSORB.